6. Genetically Modified Crops:
Some genetically modified (GM) crops produce the natural insecticide Bt toxin, which in theory could affect bees. Although this is probably not a significant reason for bee loss, it underlies the ideas that all ecosystems are interconnected and that man cannot hope to manipulate all the factors.
7. Electromagnetic Radiation:
Again this is not likely to be a major contributor to bee colony collapse but could be a minor one. A study at Kerala India by the Research Lab of Zoology showed that when active mobile phones were kept inside beehives, worker bees stopped coming to the hives after 10 days. The same study also found drastic decrease in the egg production of queen bees in these colonies. This topic is again something we are getting more familiar with. The apple iPhone 4 comes with a warning not to hold it closer than 5/8 inch away from your body.
8. Loss of Habitat:
This factor is closely related to poor nutrition already mentioned. There is not enough unused land to supply the variety of wild flowers, etc, which bees thrive on.
- Albert Einstein did NOT say “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left.”
- Bees have been on earth about three times longer than the Rocky Mountains – about 150 million years.
- The queen bee lays from 1,000 to 3,000 eggs per day and eats 80 times her own weight in food.
- Bees have five eyes, can see ultraviolet and can detect movement six times faster than man.
What To Do?
Conservationists are hopeful that restoring balance to the diet and habitat of bees can improve their well being and prevent total colony collapse. Here’s hoping.
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